AAA stats, driving advice for after storm

(WTNH)– The travel ban is still in effect for most of the state but AAA has some driving tips for when the storm passes and roads are cleared.

AAA says the received 1,271 calls on Monday but the top requests were towing, jump starts and lock services. However after the travel ban went into effect, AAA only received 27 calls.

Once the storm passes and road are cleared, AAA suggests the following driving advice:

·          Make sure the exhaust pipe isn’t clogged with snow or ice. A blocked vehicle exhaust pipe could cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to leak into the passenger compartment with the engine running.

·         Clear your vehicle and driveway. State law requires passenger vehicles to be clear of icy elements before hitting the road. Not clearing driveways may prevent emergency personnel from reaching those in need.

·         Observe road closure orders. Do not attempt to drive on closed roads. Stay tuned to local media outlets and government agency updates regarding restricted roads and closures, storm damage and emergency relief efforts.

·         Use major routes that have been cleared and salted whenever possible.

·         Avoid passing plows, unless necessary.

·         Increase following distance to 8-10 seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.

·         Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Reduced traction causes simple maneuvers, such as accelerating, stopping, and turning, to take longer on snow-covered roads.

·         Do not engage your vehicle’s cruise control. Using cruise control on slick roads can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.

In case of an emergency:

·         Pull off the road onto level ground, away from traffic as safely as possible. If you cannot pull off the road, make sure your vehicle is visible by switching on emergency flashers.  Do not risk danger to yourself by attempting to push your vehicle to a safe location.

·         Remain with your vehicle. Under most circumstances, if you have a cell phone, it’s best to remain with your vehicle until assistance arrives. However, if you think your vehicle might be struck from behind, do not remain in it. Never stand behind or directly in front of it because other drivers may not see you.

·         Communicate your situation. Once you and your passengers are in a safe location, call for assistance. AAA members in need of roadside assistance can reach AAA by calling 1-800-AAA-HELP or visiting AAA.com/ERS. Smartphone users can download the AAA Mobile app for free and request roadside service with the touch of a button.

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